The jury for the Economist Crossword awards, children’s books, said:
Writing for children demands the best and the freshest of a writer’s imagination, backed by a high degree of editorial skill … We looked for empathy rather than discrimination, fun rather than instruction, audacity rather than political correctness, wonder rather than world-weary ennui – and came away disappointed. We didn’t find the quality of timelessness that so distinguishes award-winning material.
Needless to say, as children’s publishers we feel a bit like we have flunked an exam.
To console ourselves, we are thinking of children’s books published in India which have all the qualities so well listed by the jury. And we want to know which books you think fulfil this criterion. So tell us (in fifty to hundred words per book), about one Indian book which you think is of award-winning quality. Criterion: needs to have been published in the last ten years in India. If you are a writer, artist or publisher, put those hats away and think only as a reader. Let us celebrate the wonderful books we have as we look forward to the fabulous books to come.